ITC SRA Young Maestros 2019
It is not often that a group of young performers of Hindustani Classical Music gets the stage all to themselves to make a resounding statement. This feature has distinguished the ITC Sangeet Research Academy’s Young Maestros programme in both 2018 and 2019. The speciality as well as the charm of this initiative lies in the youth and stellar talent of the musicians featured in it. In April 2019, Kolkata witnessed a superb show of talent once again in the Young Maestros at a full-to-capacity Rabindra Sadan auditorium.
This year’s programme, broken up into two sessions in the morning-and-evening format, began with a performance by Anubhab Khamaru. His presentation of Raga Bairagi was measured and imaginative. Anubhab concluded with a Bhajan. Shatavisha Mukherjee displayed maturity and intense practice in the presentation of Alahiya Bilawal followed by two traditional bandishes in Hindol. In Pratik Shrivastava’s dexterous treatment, Raga Miyan ki Todi acquired character. The morning session came to an end with a deeply atmospheric rendition of Raga Shudh Sarang by Arshad Ali Khan. Demonstrating power, energy, finesse and tremendous technical acumen, the musician belied his youth in an inspiring performance, exploring the Raga in great depth.
The evening began with a powerhouse performance by Moupali Chowdhury who started her recital with a gripping Shudh Kalyan. She later moved on to Tappa and Dadra, in both of which forms she was comfortable and appealing. She regaled the full house with her extraordinary performance. Ishaan Ghosh’s engaging Tabla recital had the audience break out into applause every now and then. Deborshee Bhattacharjee’s treatment of Malkauns was grand and mellifluous. He concluded with an impassioned ‘Jo bhaje Hari so Sada’.